MF: Mardi Gras! UPDATED: Chris March stops by!
People have been asking us to do more of a recap-style post for this show, so here goes: Chris and his band of merry travelers get a call from actress Jennifer Coolidge. Seems she’s going to on a float for Mardi Gras and she needs an outfit for the occasion. Very wise lady, that Jennifer Coolidge. Is there anyone better to call for your parade float outfit than Chris March?
Because this is reality TV, the team only has 3 days to get the whole thing put together and only 2 days before half the team heads down to New Orleans for the fittings.
The concept for the look, coming from Jennifer herself, is “Ice Queen,” and Chris came up with this sketch. We were a little under-impressed. It seemed that all the interest was going to be in the collar. Why make a simple cocktail dress for a parade float?
Anyway, the busy bees get to work.
We suppose the need for a body harness to support that collar was at least part of the reason why the dress was kept so simple.
The queens were in awe of Jennifer and we can’t say we blame them.
She was absolutely hilarious in that off-the-cuff way that only truly talented comedic actors can be. Even without a script, every line out of her mouth was laugh-out-loud funny.
But even with everything in place…
… every feather glued down and flashlight turned on, we still weren’t that impressed with the look. Oh sure, the collar was amazing (and something of an engineering marvel), but the bottom half seemed like an afterthought.
But this is why Chris and his team are the experts and we’re just the bitchy bloggers who write about them. Because once she was in place on that float, it became all about that collar – you couldn’t really see the dress at all – and in the context of the parade, she looked absolutely amazing.
Well done, you busy little bees. You can’t fake the joy they all have on their faces, seeing their hard work in context.
It’s just a simple half-hour, but that’s all the show needs. It’s the anti-reality reality TV show. A cup of fun, fabulous creativity without too much drama and without making you feel dirty about watching it. Support this show, kittens. We need more of this on TV.
UPDATE: Chris himself dropped by in the comments section and had a few things to say:
I just wanted to chime in here and clear up a few things about the show…Of course, the answer to every question to do with reality television is, “editing”. But, this particular episode happens to be very real. We actually did receive a phone call from Jennifer Coolidge in the middle of production of another show (you can see the “bra dress” in the background) and I insisted that the producers jump at the chance because of the client (!). We really only had three days, and yes, we did go over the production budget, but it was for one show and the chance to travel to Mardi Gras was just too fabulous. The reason Jennifer’s outfit is relatively simple is for several reasons, all “edited”. She had to appear in just the cocktail dress at one event, then with the coat over it at a press conference, then she had to climb a very steep and precarious ladder on to the float and get dressed in the collar with the coat over it (it gets chilly there) and be on the float for hours and hours, and THEN get off the float at the Orpheus Ball and wear the outfit without the collar (we had to get special permission to have her wear something above the ankle at a formal event). So, the outfit had to perform many functions throughout the day…I would have loved to have made her something much more flamboyant and insane–trust me!
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